Thursday, November 8, 2012

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Another Thursday - Another Giveaway!
This weeks giveaway is from ImagesByCW, who is giving away a Photo Greeting Card Set!
Read ahead to learn more about this wonderful photographer, and see how to enter for your chance to win!

This giveaway is open to Worldwide!

When did you start getting into crafting, and what did you start with?
'Crafting' or in my case photography has been part of me for almost my whole life. My dad was always taking photos and I loved going through his old black & white photo albums. When I was about 10 I got my first point-and-shoot camera to take with me on a hiking trip and only a few years later I owned my first 35mm SLR. One or another camera is always close by where ever I go. Just before I jumped on the digital train, I also did a little film developing and printing myself. These days I have my prints done by a pro lab. But who knows maybe I will get a printer in the future.

Do you work outside of your Etsy shop?
We moved to the US last year and my 'work' consisted of renovating our house for the first few months. Actually I am still doing some of it. Now, I am working on my photography full time, because I really want to get into people photography, which I have only done here and there, but not on a regular basis.

How did you learn about Etsy?
I was browsing the net, social networking and found a tweet about a photographer, followed it to her blog and from there for the first time clicked on Etsy. I had not known it in Germany, even though Etsy has got a German site.

When did you start your shop?
January, 2012
Where does your inspiration for your items come from?
With photography it really is all around you. From family holidays on as a kid I have always loved the ocean, beaches, waves, wind, clouds. And when going for a walk in a city or in nature anything that strikes me. Be it because of color, size, shape, you name it. There is always something interesting to see. The question is: Can you capture it in a photograph?

Is there a certain item with a story behind it?
Except for still lives, and sometimes even those, there is always a story to a photograph, simply because I was there, for a reason. And I saw what I captured, for a reason. It might have been documentary, weird or plain beautiful to my eye. For example, the black and white magical-fairy listing: to some they are just a couple of trees in a forest. To me, it struck me how close they stand together, growing into the sky together, their roots hugging the earth together. It is a simple, but magical photo to me. Somebody else commented on this picture that 'they look like chicken feet' – lol – yes, I guess they do, too. It is all a matter of perspective.

Do you have advice for any shops just starting?
Hmm, unfortunately, not really. I have not really been too successful on Etsy – I'd like to add – yet. But one general key when starting your own business is to be persistent, not give up and be good at and believe in what you are doing. This is not enough to succeed money wise unfortunately, but it is a good start.

Do you have a Facebook fan page? Twitter? Blog? 

Of course, small businesses need to have a solid social media presence:
Instagram: ImagesByCW

Any other info you would like to share?
If you live in the greater vicinity of Morristown, NJ and are interested in a portrait of you, your children or pets, I would love for you to get in touch with me. I am currently looking for models to build my people and pet portfolio.

Fun Questions to Get to Know You:

What is the furthest place you have traveled?
I guess that would be Australia (from Germany)

Which bad habits of other people drive you crazy?
Just one?! How about people doddling when a red light turns green (thus leaving those behind waiting for another turn) and generally when driving – I guess I am too used to German autobahns ;)

What is your favorite food?
Again, just one?! o.k. - Sushi :)

Do you have any pets? If so what are their names?
Not any more, I used to have dogs as a child and up to a few years back a cat. A Himalayan, named Cassie, but she passed away. Since both hubby and I now are allergic to cat hair we are not going to get another one, however in the future we are hoping for a dog.

If you could get back a lost item from your past, what would it be?
No item really – but I would have loved for my late dad to meet my husband

* What You Can Win *

Greeting Card Set (ANY 3 of my photos as a greeting card) - $18 Value!

Winner can select ANY of my photos for this set. Each one of them will be printed 4x6" on archival paper by a professional photo lab. Both the acid-free and archival quality photo frame style cards and the photos are hand-signed by me (the photo prints on the back) . You can use them as a perfect table top display or, of course, as great and personal greeting cards to somebody special. The insides are completely blank for your personal message. Each card comes with a white envelope individually packed in a protective clear bag.

Winner can also select the Pink Flower Photo Set

This Giveaway is open Worldwide!

All entries will be verified- Please use Rafflecopter to complete your entries, so they are documented! You will find the links for each entry when you click "Do it". Please enter the additional information for verification if needed. If you are selected and the information needed is blank - YOU WILL NOT WIN, another person will be selected!

 It is not necessary to leave your email in the comments, Rafflecopter will keep track and give me the winners email for notification. Winner will have 48 hours to respond. Thanks for participating! 


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katklaw777 said...

I luv the nest with eggs...I have always liked birds and their nests and that one with it's multicoloured eggs makes me smile!

Daniblu said...

Nice interview Love your work Claudia!

ClicksBy Karen said...

Love the photo of the calla lily? I am not good with flower names... I love that one!

Debbie Green said...

Wow!!! Fab interview! I think your work is great!

Jennifer Corsillo said...

shows the beauty in simple things.

beyondthewindow said...

i love the fall, so i think the 'red leaves in the rain' is beautiful.

Claudia Willison said...

Wow - thank you all for participating and for leaving such wonderful comments on my work. Thank you very much! Claudia a.k.a. ImagesByCW

Julia said...

i love 'red leaves in rain'!! all of your work is beautiful!!

Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) said...

I love the image of the nest of coloured eggs because birds' nests are so appealing to me and so is anything with a rainbow of colours in it!

debyeo at hotmail dot com

Hana's Clay said...

i love this :

Thankyou for this lovely giveaway! ^^

Loki Dokerson said...

My favourite is the bougainvillea ( - so delicate and lovely!

sandyandcosmo said...

Fall is my favorite season so I love the photo of the red leaf.

shana said...

I like the picture of the speckled eggs in the nest. Are they real eggs or fake? What a neat decorating idea!

ImagesByCW said...

Hey Shana, the eggs are real. They are quail eggs. I just colored them (in photoshop) ;)

Jus and Kat said...

Love the colors in the nest picture ... they pop so well!

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